The other day I said something to my wife and afterwards I thought, “That was kind of snappy. Why did you respond like that? The situation didn’t call for it. (Does the situation ever call for speaking like that?)
Sometimes attitudes and feelings take hold in our lives and we don’t even realize it. For instance, have you ever met someone who thought he was arrogant? Have you met someone who was arrogant?
The answers are respectively, “no” and “yes.”
What is arrogance? An old saying goes: ” I wish I could buy that fellow for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he worth.”
Sometimes people prompt us to say, “That fellow has got an attitude!”
The NASB version of the Bible says that love is “not arrogant.”
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines arrogant as: 1: exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one’s own worth or importance often by an overbearing manner <an arrogant official> 2 : showing an offensive attitude of superiority : proceeding from or characterized by arrogance <an arrogant reply>
How can we know if we are arrogant?
An honest friend is one of the best things the Lord can give us. We can’t see arrogance in ourselves, but those around us see it easily. It’s like bad aftershave. After a while we no longer smell it but others can smell us before they see us.
Blessed is the man who has others who can speak into his life. Blessed is the man who honestly considers what others say. They’re not always right but if you hear something more than once or twice, some hard thinking is in order.
And blessed is the fellow or lady who can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit reproving him and helping him change his attitude so he can’t get back in the way of God’s blessings.
“For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.” 1 Samuel 15:23, NIV
“The longer I live the more I realize that asking the right questions to the right people has more bearing on success than having all the right answers.”
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